Chasson Randle found the ball in his hands with time running out, courtesy of a clutch offensive rebound by Marcus Allen. Randle had made just two of his first 10 shots in the game but that wasn't going to stop him.
Randle took the long range shot without hesitation. If there was any frustration, it melted away when the ball swished through the net, giving the sixth-seeded Stanford an improbable 71-69 victory over Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
"That's what March is all about; those kinds of moments," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "I'm proud of the way we kept fighting. To gut out a game like that is pretty special. Chasson stepped up for us and closed the game."
Anthony Brown scored 16 points and played all 40 minutes. He was 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Randle finished with 10 points. Reid Travis added 14 points.
The Cardinal (19-12) gets a chance to improve its resume Thursday night when it plays third-seeded Utah (23-7) at 8:30 p.m.
Stanford avoided the upset, just barely. The Cardinal misfired all night, making just 6 of 20 3-pointers and missing on a few lay-ups, including one big faux pas when Brown missed a dunk and the Huskies responded with a pair of 3-pointers for a 69-64 edge with 3:25 left to play.
The Huskies went scoreless the rest of the way, while Stephan Nastic, who had 21 points on the night, hit a layup and putback to draw the Cardinal within one with 2:32 left.
Washington, which beat the Utes in their regular-season finale, missed a free throw with 29 seconds left to set the final frantic moments.
"It's about surviving and advancing," Randle said. "It's win or go home. Rosco Allen took the shot and his twin Marcus (they are not related) came up with a big rebound and got it to me. Fortunately I was able to hit it."
The Huskies took a seven-point lead with 13:41 remaining to play in the contest but rallied to take a 62-60 led on a Brown 3-pointer with 6:17 left.
Marcus Allen finished with six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
"Things were not going our way but he brought a lot of passion for us," Randle said. "He gave us everything he had and we had to do the same."
Stanford, which reached last year's semifinal, played the Huskies in the conference tournament for the first time in five years.